Although I can't tell you too much here about the sheep shearing course I did, I can show you some videos of the instructor. After all, you can't print a video! The instructor was Phil Hart, a Gold Seal shearer, Wool Board Shearing Instructor and Competition Judge. He stars in seven videos made by FarmingAds about sheep shearing. I just hope I manage to embed the videos OK, I'm not that good with all this technical stuff!
In this video Phil demonstrates how to dag and shear a sheep. See this lively Suffolk Mule do a handstand!
This is my favourite film. In this film Phil takes a sheep he has already shorn and 'shears' it with a wax crayon so that you can see the shearing pattern without all the wool in the way:
Apparently on one course Phil did this with a red crayon. Later, once the sheep had been turned out in the field, the farm had a visit from the RSPCA, someone had reported the shearers had slashed a sheep to bits! Now Phil never does this exercise with a red crayon.
If you feel inspired to try sheep shearing I strongly suggest you go on a proper course, sheep shearing is not something you can learn from scratch by watching a YouTube video.